This is Creapreneur®
Creapreneur® (in Swedish Kreaprenör®) is a Swedish non-profit association. The word Crea-Preneur means a Creative Entrepreneur, who can combine engineering and economics with artistry. Just like Leonardo da Vinci did 500 years ago.
"A Creapreneur has a conscious heart".
A Think Tank for the Mind Era
Purpose and object
The goal of Creapreneur is to raise the consciousness of what is happening in our time. We do this by creating public opinion about the new sciences and developing models for lateral thinking;
- Interpret and spread ”the new knowledges" such as IT, quantum physics, nanotechnology etc.
- Raise the level of awareness about Europe’s mental and intellectual crisis.
- Organize conferences within four (4) ”focus areas".
- Initiate and realize projects together with regions and companies by the means of lateral thinking and Dialogue.
Our view of mankind
For us freedom and the growing impact of the individual are fundamental. Everything is possible and allowed, as long as it is harmless to the environment and doesn’t hurt other people.
Self-fulfilment is always a matter of co-operation. Creating and dissolving relationships matures us by means of mutual consideration and responsibility. In this manner self-respect also grows. Through other people we gain insight and an identity of solidarity.
Thus we don’t need any “crutches” such as “isms”, political parties, or religious communities. Self-fulfilment is realized by practicing empathy, i.e. insight in your neighbour’s situation and reactions. Thus we gain experience, which may be difficult in an environment where other people don’t communicate and don’t dare to have a positive outlook on life.
We help people develop their ideas for the future. By means of Creapreneurship – i.e. a new creative enterprise that is based on cross-fertilizing Technology and Economy with the Arts – we make people more conscious and thus we also make our contribution to better health for both individuals and the society.
Creapreneur has more than one hundred members – honest people interested in supporting lateral thinking, and sharing the same view of mankind.
Both commercial and non-profit organizations that meet our requirements are welcome either to apply for membership or to support Creapreneur® in another suitable way. Thanks to the members, Creapreneur® has access to a knowledge network, consisting of hundreds of talented and influential people within all the four (4) focus areas described below.
The members elect a board of 3-7 persons who lead the activities and act as the “Braintrust” of Creapreneur®. The board nominates a Executive Group managed by one of the board members, for the management of daily routines, including finances, recruiting new members, influencing public opinion and executing the board resolutions, e.g. establishing sister associations as well as supporting projects and new collaborations.
”The Titanic syndrome of our time”
In times of change, those who are learning will inherit the earth, while those who are content with what they once learnt, will find themselves well suited to handle a world that no longer exists.
Consider the fact that between the birth of Christ and the year 1750 the population of the Earth doubled from 125 to 250 million. In 1930 the figure had increased to 3 billion, and only 75 years later we are now 6,4 billion citizens of the world. When the speed of change is high, the awareness of what (really) happens in society is poor. This is due to man’s reluctance to “give up ignorance”. By ignorance we mean “no interest for things that we know that we don’t know”. Up to now intelligence has been appreciated more. By intelligence we mean “organizing knowledge of things we already know that we know of”.
Business and activities in many big companies and institutions within Health care, Judicature, Churches, Schools and Universities, in Manufacturing and Service trade and industry as well as Trade unions and Politics, are all characterized by an identity crisis and the lack of durable solutions.
The fact that so many people still don’t care, is due to a lack of awareness of the risk connected with passivity. We call it ”The Titanic syndrome of our time”– i.e. the fact that the band continues playing on the first deck, while people on third deck are struggling for their lives because the ship is in fact sinking.
”Now is the time”
To more and more people it is becoming obvious that “awareness reluctance” and resistance to change are costly; not only for the society as a whole but also for those people who will face massive unemployment and mental illness, increasing crime and social problems, which is the given consequence of an insufficient ability to change and adapt at within nations and regions.
We have defined four (4) focus areas in order to form an overall view. Our model is based on the comprehensive idea of involving people with different aims and education, who will be stimulated to take part because they can choose the focus area that suits them best;
•Health and Environment
•Underlying Values and Rules
•Learning and Communication
•Trade and Industry / Creating values
Each focus area has got its editorial staff with the task to collect and spread information in order to start Dialogues by means of cross-fertilizing competence in different focus areas.
Thus we create think-tanks with a higher potential than what is accomplished through the traditional outlook on specialization. At the same time we have found a good method for making research and inquiries.
We develop our own methods for new thinking
• CrossSensor™ – a perception model that uses research, surveys and seminars in order to make visible people’s latent needs, wishes, and dreams, which can be used to better identify the potential within regions, organizations, and companies.
• The Dialogue Approach™ – a system based on long term experience and specially made programs in order to build so-called communities, now of course also on the Internet.
Members and the organisation
Creapreneur® has more than 100 members representing all kinds of professional knowledge and personal experience from all four (4) previously mentioned focus areas.
Lars-Olof Landin (see picture), BSc Stockholm School of Economics, CEO EBC Information Ltd (Efficient Business Communication Group) and Co-founder, is Chairman of the Board of Creapreneur®. The Board has 2016 altogether 12 members.
Imi Markos, Author, Initiator and Founder has been Editor in Chief until his death in February 2013.
Translation into English made by Claes Landin, editor in the Executive Group of Creapreneur®, Science journalist (spec. medicine), member of SFVJ and EUSJA.